President Obama, Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand, Queens Congress members Meng, Crowley, Israel, Jeffries, Maloney and Meeks, along with other state and municipal elected officials, could have learned a great deal by having read your special section “Saluting the job creators 2013” (June 27).
Virtually all the companies and organizations you profiled, including New York Construction Company, JetBlue, Dress for Success, Kaufman Astoria and Silvercup studios, NYDesigns, Resorts World Casino, the organic food incubator, Claudine & Co., J&J Super Star Deli and Good Temps, along with thousands of others based in Queens, are role models to emulate. They have all already assisted our community which faces an 8 percent unemployment rate, with 7 percent more who have given up looking, along with many working part-time or minimum wage jobs, seeking better-paying full-time jobs. Don’t forget the thousands of vacant storefronts.
Many of these firms provide work for construction contractors and their employees. They also collectively continue providing thousands of jobs and more for suppliers. All pay taxes and are our neighbors.
The free enterprise system made our nation great. Economic growth and the creation of wealth comes from millions of small businesses such as the ones featured in your issue, without the assistance of “stimulus” taxpayer dollars.